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April 11, 2009: Susan Boyle Has Talent, YouTube Makes it Viral

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April 11, 2009: Susan Boyle hits the Internet

2009- Susan Boyle takes the Stage at “Britian’s Got Talent”. A person that most would write-off at first glance, sings “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables. Once she was done, the 48 year-old Scot got a standing ovation. The next day, her audition was posted and became one of the most viral on YouTube. It had been downloaded over 347 million times.

Of course, Boyle’s performance has been overshadowed by Gangnam Style…

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  • Clippy is retired from Microsoft Office
  • John Sculley asks Steve Jobs to step down from Apple
  • Atari Portfolio portable computer
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April 8, 1983: Steve Jobs Asks John Sculley to be CEO

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April 8, 1983: Steve Jobs entices John Sculley to Apple as CEO

1983 – John Sculley, who was president of PepsiCo at the time, decides to leave to become president and CEO of Apple Computer at request of Steve Jobs. Sculley’s campaign of “the Pepsi Challenge” was new thinking and helped Pepsi gain market share over Coca Cola. Steve Jobs wanted that passion so he could beat IBM. Sculley was responsible for incorporating the PowerPC chip in Mac computers.John Sculley took the 800 million dollar in sales to 8 billion. Tension ultimately took it’s toll, as Sculley was forced out in 1993 and was replaced by Gil Amelio.

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  • IBM opens MCA to competetors
  • Internet Explorer 4.0 is released
  • Facebook at 200 million members
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April 1, 2004: Gmail Released Invitation Only Beta

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April 1, 2004: Google releases Gmail invitation only

2004 - Google releases their Webmail service in “Gmail” . They release it as an invitation only beta. That would stay in effect until February 7, 2007.

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  • Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak incorporate Apple Computer Company
  • Windows Mobile 6.1 released
  • Cyrix vs. Intel Lawsuit settled.
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March 24, 2001: Apple Released Mac OS X for Desktop

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March 24, 2001: Mac OSX

2001- The Server version of the Mac OS X software hit in 1999, but the desktop version was not released until 2001. A POSIX compliant core OS with the XNU kernal. The OS X (pronounced OS ten) was based from the OPENSTEP software, which came from Steve Jobs other company: NeXT (Apple purchased NeXT in 1996).

The first version of Mac OS X was code named “Cheetah” (the public beta was “Kodiak”). From there, we had Apple Macintosh OS X Puma, Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, and soon to be released Mountain Lion.

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  • EU finds Microsoft Guilty of “near Monopoly”
  • Suse Linux Enterprise 11
  • Pirate Bay releases a private VPN
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March 5, 1975: Homebrew Computer Club is Established

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Homebrew Computer Club

1975 – Gordon French and Fred Moore put together the first Homebrew Computer Club in Menlo Park, CA. The group was put together to discuss the Altair home kit, as well as talk about building computers in general. Of course, the most important meeting was Steve Wozniak who brought the first Apple computer, meeting Steve Jobs.

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  • WMS Industries acquires Atari
  • President Barak Obama appoints Vivek Kundra as CTO
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March 2, 1997: Microsoft Antitrust Activities Hearing

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1997- US Senator Orrin Hatch holds a hearing on the Antitrust activities of Microsoft. Scott McNealy of Sun Microsystems and Jim Barksdale of Netscape Communications were present to question if Microsoft is intentionally pushing out the Netscape web browser for Internet Explorer. Of course, this would become a long drawn out investigation which almost splits Microsoft into separate companies.

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  • Delphi is first released by Borland
  • Yahoo! is incorporated
  • Napster begins blocking access to one million MP3
  • Steve Jobs announces the iPad2
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March 1, 1976: Steve Wozniak Builds His First Computer

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March 1, 1976: Steve Wozniak

1976 - Steve Wozniak, an employee at Hewlett Packard (at the time), builds his first computer motherboard. He showed it off at the Homebrew club, where he was inspired. Steve Jobs meets up with Woz, where he convinces him to keep the design (not to sell it). They will then join up to create the Apple 1 computer.

Of course, that computer only sold 200, but it was the segway to the Apple II, one of the best selling computers of all time.Read more from the book: Apple Confidential 2.0: The Definitive History of the World’s Most Colorful Company

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  • LISP Programmers Manual is released
  • Palm Inc gets it’s first IPO
  • MSNBC.com launches Newsvine
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